Kim. An Altered Book. Barry. Kipling McCallion, Rudyard.
Kim. An Altered Book.

Kim. An Altered Book.

[East Hampton, NY]: 2013. Unique artist's book, hand painted on Rives BFK paper, by Barry McCallion, signed and dated by the artist on the titlepage, "Barry McCallion, 2013." Page size: 7-1/2 x 5-3/4 inches: 96pp. (48 of text and 48 of full-page original art). Bound by Rhonda Miller: hand-sewn full tan limp leather with closure simulating the pocket diary style of notebook manufactured in the late 19th century, the time in which Kipling's novel is set; housed in tan linen clamshell box with image of elephant on green ground within red circle by Barry McCallion, label printed in black with title and signed by the artist on the spine, box executed by Joelle Webber at the Mermaid Bindery. Using India inks and Winsor Newton colored inks, the artist, Barry McCallion, has created a non-verbal text for one of the main themes of the novel: the Lama's quest to free himself from the Wheel of Things by finding the legendary "River of the Arrow." Set against the backdrop of "The Great Game" (conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia) with espionage and intrigue as important an element as the backdrop of India itself, KIM is a classic novel. Barry McCallion has altered text pages, selected for their references to the spiritual quest that the Lama and Kim undertake, highlighting the text in green and outlining appropriate passages in red outline (the Red Bull on the green field). The full page images on each verso are all a circle within a square, starting with a single silver-gilt dot. The paintings become more and more complicated, and colorful, as the "quest" for the River of the Arrow progresses. Overturned bowls of food, ignited matches, fruit, leaves, chairs, all make their way towards the boundaries of the circle, which becomes more frenzied and intense with each page, With lines and circles within the red circle, one can almost see a clock, marking the passage of time, Finally, the last image is complete within a red border - "the River of the Arrow is here." Item #10808

Price: $4,000.00

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